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CA Jails Overflow with the Unsentenced

CA Jails Overflow with the Unsentenced
A California law designed to combat recidivism has caused a glut of unsentenced inmates in jails across the state. The bail industry opposes reform, because it undercuts what for them is a cash cow.
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CA's Guantanamo: Torture Tactics Continue at Pelican Bay

CA's Guantanamo: Torture Tactics Continue at Pelican Bay
CA prisons continue their horrific treatment of prisoners. A former inmate and current Berkeley student talks about his experience in the prison system, and how utterly ineffective the drastic punishment measures are.
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California Women's Group Denounces Gov Brown’s Attempts to Weaken Domestic Violence Penal Code

California Women's Group Denounces Gov Brown’s Attempts to Weaken Domestic Violence Penal Code
The California Chapter of the National Organization for Women announced that they will be waging a very public campaign to call on Governor Brown to remove the provision in the budget bill that eliminates domestic violence enforcement mandates from police officers and departments.
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The Obstruction of Justice in Congress Must End

The Obstruction of Justice in Congress Must End
Nothing is more important in America than the rule of law. Nothing is more important for the rule of law and American justice than filling the inexcusably large number of judicial vacancies. Nothing is more important for governance in America than the President and the Senate working to end the obstruction, gridlock and abuse of filibusters that is destroying the credibility and efficacy of the United States Senate.
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How the NRA Makes Bomb Tracing Difficult

How the NRA Makes Bomb Tracing Difficult
Technology to help investigators trace the origin of explosives after bombings such as the one in Oklahoma City was developed more than 15 years ago, but the National Rifle Assn. and others, citing safety concerns, have lobbied successfully over the years to block its implementation.
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With Guns, All Politics Is Local

With Guns, All Politics Is Local
All politics is local, and if there’s one issue area that brings this home, it’s guns. When it comes to guns and firearm violence, most of the real legislative action will take place in our state capitals, and in some instances our city councils.
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Joe Lieberman’s Parting Shot

Other than voting for Obamacare, Joe Lieberman has done little good for the nation or the Senate since his petulant run as an Independent six years ago after Connecticut Democrats booted him out of the party.
Now that he is heading out the Senate door – finally – Lieberman is firing a parting “F— You!” shot at the country.
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Amnesty International Denounces Torture in CA Prisons

Angola 3 NewsAn interview with Tessa Murphy“California Department of Corrections/PBSP-SHU policies and practices, have violated our human rights and subjected us to torture – for the purpose of coercing inmates into becoming informants against other inmates, etc., for the state,” writes one prisoner held in solitary at California’s infamous supermax Pelican Bay State Prison.
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CA Prop 34: Keeping Death Row Inmates Alive Against Their Will

Reporting on the font page of the San Francisco Chronicle today, Bob Egelko finally says what many of us who visit San Quentin prison have known for months: most of California’s death row inmates oppose Proposition 34 — the voter initiative on this November’s ballot that would abolish capital punishment and replace it with Life With Out Parole (LWOP) even retroactively. Yes that’s right, prisoners who face a lethal injection unless a court overturns their death sentence or conviction are opposed to a law that would immediately accomplish what many of them have been litigating to achieve for years, the removal of their death sentence.
That is so counter-intuitive to what most people believe about capital punishment that its worth repeating. People on death row, not just folks in an abstract all night dorm room discussion about whether death or LWOP is worse, but folks actually condemned to die, prefer to continue with their death sentence.
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